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SPCA seeks help, homes for pets

Love dogs and have some free time?

Looking to to adopt a dog or cat or maybe a ferret or hamster?

The SPCA of Pinellas County needs volunteers to help with the obedience training and socializing of its canine residents. The shelter also is offering reduced adoption fees now through August on a variety of pets.

With the agency's assistance in training, volunteers provide a lifeline for dogs that might otherwise be overlooked because of behavior problems. Volunteers also show pets to potential adopters. For information about becoming a volunteer or to request a volunteer application, call 586-3591, ext. 127.

The adoption fee for cats and dogs is $25 and includes spaying or neutering, shots, microchip implant for identification, ID tag and Pinellas County license.

Rabbits are $10, and the fee includes spaying or neutering and microchip implant. Pocket pets _ guinea pigs, gerbils and hamsters _ are $5. Potbellied pigs are $50, and the fee includes spaying or neutering and microchip implant. The cost of iguanas and ferrets ranges from $25 to $50.

Animals ready for adoption can be viewed at the shelter's Web site at or through SPCA of Pinellas County. The Web site also has a quiz for people thinking about adopting: "Are You Ready for a Pet?"

The SPCA is at 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, noon to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.